The NC Huddle – July 2023

Welcome to PORCH Chapel Hill-Carrboro's quarterly message that we send to all Neighborhood Coordinators (NCs), hoping that it will provide support and inspiration for the incredible work that you do.

You can read past editions here
In the first half of 2023, you collected $104,600 worth of non-perishable food. Thank you for your extraordinary efforts! We are so proud to have 120 active neighborhoods and 141 active NCs.

The following NCs have come on board in recent months: Ansel Necochea of Bel Arbor and Phil Bick of Downing Creek. We are so glad to have them as part of this stellar team! 

In August, we are introducing a Neighborhood Coordinator Starter Kit, which is loaded with resources:

  • email templates to send to your neighbors as a way of introducing yourself and sharing PORCH’s mission
  • a list of tips from other Neighborhood Coordinators
  • printed materials such as door hangers, postcards, and thank you notes
  • and much more!

Pick up your packet when you come to Extraordinary Ventures. While these kits are helpful to Neighborhood Coordinators who are just getting acquainted with PORCH, they are also immensely valuable to anyone looking to recruit neighbors or enhance their monthly communications.
Keep in mind that you can drop off food donations on Sundays from 3 to 7 p.m. at Extraordinary Ventures. In fact, getting donations on Sunday really helps us get the non-perishables sorted early so we can plan for how much food we can pack in our Food For Families bags. Sunday won’t work? No problem! Drop off from 8 to 10 a.m. on Mondays. A reminder that the next drop-off dates are Sunday, Aug. 13 (3-7 p.m.) and Monday, Aug. 14 (8-10 a.m.). We will send an email reminding you of these dates (and linking to our monthly message so that you can forward that to your contacts) on Aug. 7 and 11.

If you are interested in scheduling a one-on-one consultation with our team to discuss ways you can enhance your neighborhood’s PORCH activities, please email us at We’d be happy to brainstorm with you! Thank you for all you do for PORCH! 

The PORCH Chapel Hill-Carrboro Team
Lending a Hand

We always have excellent help at our food sorts and beyond.

The PORCH Club at Carrboro High made flower cutouts for our Food for Families bags;
The Alliance of Youth Leaders in the US group brought plenty of help as they double bagged 450 bags; and Ken and Barbara Updegrave, who are NCs at The Cedars, delivered non-perishable goods to Freedom House, one of our Food for Pantries partners.

We are so grateful to have such amazing and dedicated volunteers!
PO Box 16363
Chapel Hill, NC 27516